Tuesday, September 16, 2008

50 Yrs of Computing at UC -- Speakers Bios

Robyn Render – former VP & CIO of the University of North Carolina:She graduated from UC’s Evening College with a BS in Information Processing Systems. As one of the few African American, female students in her class, she pursued Information Technology (IT) because it was (and still is) an ever changing and challenging environment. She served as the assistant VP and director of UC’s Center for IT Services before leaving. She will reflect on her personal journey as an IT professional and will share highlights about her time at UC, both as a student and as an administrator, and her time after.
Dr. Janet Del Bene (Professor Emeritus Youngstown State University)
She graduated from UC’s College of Arts & Science with a PhD in chemistry under Hans Jaffe. She did postdoctoral work at the Theoretical Chemistry Institute at the University of Wisconsin. Her bachelor’s degrees are in education and chemistry from Youngstown State University. She is the 2008 winner of the Morley Medal for outstanding contributions to chemistry and is the first woman to be awarded this prize.
Dr. Helen Gigley (former Head of the HCI Lab at the Naval Research Lab)
She graduated from UC’s College of Arts & Science with a BA in math and education. She began her career training the visually-impaired computer programming at UC’s Medical School which was directed by Dr Ted Sterling. She obtained her MS & PhD degrees in CS at the University of Massachusetts. Her research in Computational Neurolinguistics spans areas from artificial intelligence to aphasiology.
Ms. Diana Domonkos (Senior Clinical & Medical Informatics Consultant with IBM’s Healthcare Division)
She graduated from UC’s College of Nursing with both a BSN and an MSN and completed graduate course work in Education at Purdue University and Healthcare Administration at Xavier University. She has served as Staff and Head Nurse in Veteran’s Administration Hospitals in Cincinnati and Indianapolis. At the suggestion of Dr. George Shields she learned how to apply computing to her field.
Dr. Fred Siff (VP & CIO and Professor of Information Systems at the University of Cincinnati)He is responsible for coordination of technology architecture, policy development, and provision of information technology services for UC. Prior to coming to UC in October 1998, he held similar positions at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and George Mason University. His undergraduate degree is in Mathematics and both his Master's and PhD. are in Operations Research from New York University.Dr. Tom Martin (Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering; Virginia Tech)
He graduated from UC’s College of Engineering with a BS in Electrical Engineering. He obtained a PhD from Carnegie Mellon University. He is on the steering committee for IEEE Technical Committee for Wearable Information Systems. In 2006 he received the NSF Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers for his research on e-textile-based wearable computing.Ms. Chris Collins (Information Technology Analyst; University of Cincinnati)
She graduated from UC’s College of Arts & Science with a BA in Political Science and is currently working on her Master’s in Education. She served as a conference co-chair for the 2007 Second Life Best Practices in Education International Conference and won best paper at the 2008 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference. She is a 2nd Life ambassador at the Ohio Learning Network.
Mr. Eric Newman (Senior VP and GM of Pluck)
He graduated from UC’s College of Business with a BA in Information Systems and Marketing. He earned an MBA from Northwestern University. His career grew out of the technology start up space, riding the cutting edge of a number of online revolutions including the creation and licensing of the first software-based online collaboration tools at DataBeam, now part of IBM.Dr. John Labadie (Professor of Art at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke)He graduated from UC’s College of Design, Architecture Art & Planning with an interdisciplinary PhD. He was trained as a sculptor at the Dayton Art Institute and earned a bachelor’s degree in painting from the University of Dayton and his Master’s in perceptual psychology from Wright State University. He was a Fulbright Senior Scholar at the "Center for Creativity and Innovation Studies" in TaiwanMr. John Holloway (Multimedia Design Specialist at RTI International)He graduated from UC’s College of Design, Architecture Art & Planning with BFA. He holds a 2nd degree in Scientific Visualization and 3D Graphics using C++. He is both scientist and an artist. He uses haptic technology in his art which investigates the interaction between the computer and touch. His work was chosen for the cover of IEEE Computer Graphics and Applications magazine. Along with his colleague Robert Fuberg, who is a Health Analyst at RTI, they will demonstrate how virtual reality is being used to advance medical science.
Dr Dieter Schmidt (Professor of Computer Science at the University of Cincinnati) He received his PhD in math from the University of Minnesota under Dr Ken Meyer who is an emeritus professor of mathematics at the University of Cincinnati. He and Jintai Ding of the Department of Mathematical Sciences have been collaborating for several years on analyzing Multivariate Public Key Cryptographic systems. His real passion, however, is flying powered gliders.Dr. Ken Seidelmann (Research Professor of Astronomy at the University of Virginia and Former Director at the Naval Observatory)He graduated from UC’ College of Engineering with a BS in Electrical Engineering degree. He earned his MS and PhD degrees in Dynamical Astronomy from UC working under Dr. Paul Herget. He won the Norman P Hays Award from the Institute of Navigation in 1991. He prepared the Star Chart with R. Schmidt for the Einstein Monument on the grounds of the Israel National Academy of Sciences. Along with Dr. Ray Duncombe who was a colleague and good friend of Paul’s, they will highlight some of the stellar achievements of Paul Herget who would have been 100 years old this year.
Dr. Debra Shepherd (Astronomer at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory & North American Deputy for ALMA Computing)
She graduated from UC’s College of Arts & Science with a BS in Physics. She has a MS in physics from the University of Tennessee and both a MS & PhD in astronomy from the University of Wisconsin. As a student at UC, she helped with the restoration of the Cincinnati Observatory which today has become a center piece of historical astronomy in the United States.

Friday, September 5, 2008

50 Yrs of Computing at the University of Cincinnati

The University of Cincinnati would like to invite you to attend a once in a lifetime event celebrating UC’s innovation, achievement, and leadership in computing on November 10 & 11, 2008.

The first computer on UC’s campus was dedicated on June 1, 1958. It was an IBM–650 and was obtained, in part, from a grant from CG&E (now Duke Energy) and a National Science Foundation grant spearheaded by UC’s Dr. Paul Herget. However, even before its arrival, UC alumni, faculty, and staff had already distinguished themselves in this new world. From the arts and entertainment to medicine and from business to science, UC has had a profound impact on the computing world.

The goal of this conference is to highlight these achievements and to recognize those who have played a vital role in advancing the field of computing in their respective disciplines. The conference will examine the past, present and future of ubiquitous computing. This also is a unique opportunity for the Greater Cincinnati region to learn about its own computing history as well.

Nov 10 -- Monday Evening Dinner at the Kingsgate Marriott Conference Hotel (5 – 9 pm)
The kickoff event for our celebration will recognize UC pioneers who have contributed to this technological revolution that has changed all our lives. The keynote speaker will be Robyn Render who recently retired as the VP of Information Resources and CIO at the University of North Carolina. She is a graduate of UC’s Evening College and rose to the position of Assistant VP and Director of the Center for Information Technology Services while at UC.

Nov 11 – Tuesday at UC’s College of Applied Science (8 am – 4:30 pm)
Attendees will have the opportunity to hear from speakers who experiences in computing cover the gambit. Speakers include:
Dr. Janet Del Bene (Professor Emeritus Youngstown State University) on Hans Jaffe and the early days of computing;
Dr. Helen Gigley (former Head of the HCI Lab at the Naval Research Lab) on teaching the visually impaired computer programming
Ms. Diana Domonkos (Senior Consultant with IBM’s Healthcare Division) on the development of medical informatics;
Dr. Fred Siff (VP & CIO at the University of Cincinnati) on the future of IT;
Dr. Tom Martin (Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering; Virginia Tech) on wearable and pervasive computing;
Ms. Chris Collins (Information Technology Analyst; University of Cincinnati) on the new pedagogy and 2nd Life;
Mr. Eric Newman (Senior VP and GM of Pluck) on the business of the Web and social networking;
Dr. John Labadie (Professor of Art; University of North Carolina at Pembroke) on the rise of Photoshop and the devolution of truth;
Mr. John Holloway (Multimedia Design Specialist at RTI International) and
Mr. Robert Furberg (Health Anallyst at RTI International) on using virtual reality to train today’s medical practitioner;
Dr Dieter Schmidt (Professor of computer science at the University of Cincinnati) on the evolution and revolution of computer science

Nov 11 – Tuesday Evening Reception at the Cincinnati Observatory Center (7 pm – 10 pm)
Attendees will have the opportunity to hear from speakers who are both experts in computing and astronomy.
Dr. Ray Duncombe (professor of aerospace engineering at UT Austin and former director at the Naval Observatory) and
Dr. Ken Seidelmann (research professor of astronomy at the University of Virginia and former director at the Naval Observatory) on Cincinnati’s greatest astronomer, Paul Herget.
Dr. Debra Shepherd (North American Deputy for ALMA Computing) on a major new and exciting international astronomy project.

For registration and cost information go to www.uc.edu/conferencing/events/computing. More information about the conference and speakers will also be available at www.uc.edu/cas in the coming weeks. You may also contact Russ McMahon at russ.mc.mahon@uc.edu or at 556-4873.